Worcestershire County Council elections

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Worcestershire County Council elections are held every four years. Worcestershire County Council is the upper-tier local authority for the non-metropolitan county of Worcestershire in England. Since the last boundary changes in 2005, 57 councillors have been elected from 52 electoral divisions. [1]

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Political control

Worcestershire County Council was first established in 1889 under the Local Government Act 1888. The county council was abolished in 1974, with the area merging with neighbouring Herefordshire to become a new non-metropolitan county called Hereford and Worcester, with Hereford and Worcester County Council serving as the higher-tier authority of the new county. Hereford and Worcester was abolished 24 years later and split back into separate counties of Herefordshire and Worcestershire, with Worcestershire County Council being re-established in 1998. The first elections to the re-established Worcesteshire County Council were held in 1997, initially operating as a shadow authority until the new arrangements came into effect on 1 April 1998. [2] Political control of the council since 1998 has been held by the following parties: [3]

PartyTenure
No overall control 1998–2005
Conservative 2005–present

Leadership

The leaders of the council since 1998 have been: [4]

CouncillorPartyFromTo
Carol Warren [5] [6] Labour 1 Apr 19982001
George Lord [7] [8] [9] Conservative 20016 Nov 2010
Adrian Hardman [10] [11] Conservative 18 Nov 201014 Jan 2016
Simon Geraghty Conservative 14 Jan 2016

Council elections

County result maps

By-election results

St Chads by-election 12 April 2007 [12]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Liberal Graham Ballinger1,05950.0+8.7
Conservative Tracey Onslow67231.8+9.6
Health Concern Howard Martin25211.9+2.4
Labour Dan Watson1336.3-13.9
Majority38718.3
Turnout 2,116
Liberal hold Swing
Arrow Valley East by-election 17 July 2008 [13]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Juliet Brunner1,43742.2+9.9
Labour Debbie Taylor1,04130.6-15.8
Liberal Democrats Diane Thomas45513.4-7.9
BNP Maurice Field36710.8+10.8
Independent Richard Armstrong1033.0+3.0
Majority39611.6
Turnout 3,403
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Bowbrook by-election 25 November 2010 [14]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Tony Miller1,08859.2-1.2
Liberal Democrats Margaret Rowley53629.2+7.2
Labour Chris Barton21311.6+4.6
Majority55230.0
Turnout 1,837
Conservative hold Swing
Alvechurch by-election 16 December 2010 [15]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative June Griffiths63752.6+11.6
Labour Christopher Bloore18915.6+6.3
Independent Dee Morton15713.0+13.0
Liberal Democrats Howard Allen836.9-6.3
Independent Kenneth Wheatley796.5+6.5
UKIP Steven Morson655.4-16.6
Majority44837.0
Turnout 1,210
Conservative hold Swing
Stourport-on-Severn by-election 27 June 2013 [16]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Health Concern John Thomas1,05530.6+4.1
UKIP John Holden89225.8-1.7
Conservative Chris Rogers75321.8+2.3
Labour Carol Warren60717.6-5.0
Green Angela Hartwich772.2-1.7
BNP Carl Mason391.1+1.1
Liberal Democrats Paul Preston300.9+0.9
Majority1634.7
Turnout 3,453
Health Concern gain from UKIP Swing
St Marys by-election 1 August 2013 [17]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Nathan Desmond50428.0+2.9
UKIP Peter Willoughby44224.6-2.8
Labour Mumshad Ahmed33818.8-4.6
Health Concern Graham Ballinger32117.8+2.3
Independent Helen Dyke19510.8+10.8
Majority623.4
Turnout 1,800
Conservative gain from UKIP Swing
Arrow Valley East by-election 22 May 2014 [18]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
UKIP Peter Bridle2,01735.2+1.2
Labour Phil Mould1,60128.0-1.3
Conservative Juliet Brunner1,44825.3+3.0
Liberal Democrats Simon Oliver2865.0+1.2
Green Emma Bradley2414.2+0.6
Independent Isabel Armstrong1332.3+2.3
Majority4167.3
Turnout 5,726
UKIP hold Swing
Stourport-on-Severn by-election 17 December 2015 [19]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Tony Muir76328.7+9.2
Health Concern Nicky Martin72527.3+0.8
Labour Jill Hawes58121.9-0.7
UKIP John Holden54720.6-6.1
Green Phil Oliver421.6-2.3
Majority381.4
Turnout 2,658
Conservative gain from Health Concern Swing
Ombersley by-election 11 August 2016 [20]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Robert Tomlinson95663.2+15.2
Liberal Democrats Peter Evans22414.8+8.8
UKIP Richard Keel21214.0-19.2
Independent Douglas Ingram1207.9N/A
Majority73248.4
Turnout 1,51818.00
Conservative hold Swing
Bromsgrove South by-election 31 October 2019 [21]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Conservative Kyle Daisley76940.2-0.3
Independent Rachel Jenkins43622.8+22.8
Liberal Democrats Joshua Robinson35718.7+13.8
Labour Bren Henderson35118.3-32.2
Majority33317.4
Turnout 1,913
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Arrow Valley West by-election 1 September 2022 [22]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Labour Andrew Fry1,34253.7
Conservative Gemma Monaco89335.7
Green Glen Theobald1465.8
Liberal Democrats Mark Tomes1204.8
Majority44918.0
Turnout 2,50115.87
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

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